The Dolphins and KwaZulu-Natal batsman, Ahmed Amla, announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket. His agent stated the reason behind the retirement was to focus on studies and purse business interests.
Amla, 33, could not don International cap in his 13-year long cricket career. He debuted at the age of 18 in 1997 for Natal B. Got picked for South African Development XI that same season, toured Namibia and made it to the next season for South Africa Under-19 team which prompted his regular selection at the National Academy for domestic tournaments.
Amla, older brother of South African batsman Hashim Amla, had a very different cricketing career than his brother. With his batting average of 40, Amla senior was the closest to representing South Africa in International cricket in 2004-05 season. Unfortunately for him, he had quite a lot of competition thus he was left with no choice but to settle for domestic appearances and the honor of leading South African A side.
Despite Amla’s retirement from all forms of cricket, he will still be available for the sport for commentary stints and his coaching ambitions for South African youngsters. Although he is currently enrolled for a business degree.
Hashim Amla sent a tribute to his brother via twitter:
To which his older brother Ahmed Amla responded by tweeting:
Ab deVilliars too took the time to congratulate Amla senior on his contribution to South Africa Cricket: